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NCTL's Engineering is Elementary Receives Honors, Awards

July 19, 2014

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), a curriculum project developed by the Museum of Science, Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy®, garnered notable recognition recently:


The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) named Museum of Science vice president and EiE director Christine Cunningham a Fellow. ASEE describes the grade of Fellow as one of "unusual professional distinction, conferred by the Board of Directors upon an ASEE member with . . . extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering education." Fellow status was conferred at the June 2014 ASEE Annual Conference in Indianapolis where Cunningham also delivered an invited Distinguished Lecture to a standing-room-only audience. Her presentation, "Are You Ready for the Next Generation?" explored how the new emphasis on K-12 engineering education prompted by the new Next Generation Science Standards will affect future students entering college engineering programs.

The ASEE conference also named as "Best Paper" a study based on EiE research, "Perspectives on Failure in the Classroom by Elementary Teachers New to Teaching Engineering" by EiE collaborators Pamela Lottero-Perdue of Towson University and Elizabeth Parry of North Carolina State University. The paper analyzes teacher responses to a survey conducted by EiE as part of the National Science Foundation-funded study, "Exploring the Efficacy of Elementary Engineering." This three-year, $3 million project aims to identify the key design elements in effective elementary engineering curricula.


Change the Equation (CTEq) selected EiE's afterschool curriculum Engineering Adventures for STEMworks, a free online database showcasing exemplary STEM programs. CTEQ is a nonpartisan nonprofit that mobilizes the nation's business community to improve PreK - 12 STEM learning.


The 2014 Telly Awards honored three short videos created for EiE's afterschool curriculum Engineering Everywhere (EE). The "Engineering Everywhere Special Reports" use documentary-style reporting to introduce EE's engineering design challenges. Field Work Media, a Boston-area production company, received the awards.

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